Antietam April 25, 2008 Southpaw – Flac and MP3 Downloads

May 4, 2008
By


[photocredit]

Antietam’s set opening for Big Dipper at Southpaw last Friday was similar to the last time I saw them live, opening for Pylon at the Mercury in November. The trio performed a strong 40 minute set of recent material with a strong emphasis on Tara Key’s incendiary guitar work, and Tim Harris’ thundering bass. We have very little memory of our first live experience of Antietam in ’88 or ’89 (probably at CBGB’s), but in the two decades since, they have worked with such artists as Eleventh Dream Day and Yo La Tengo, and have established an excellent catalog of material. The recent 2-CD set Opus Mixtum (Carrot Top Records) is perhaps their strongest release and is featured in 9 of the 11 tracks of this recording.

We were fortunate to speak briefly with Tara at the end of their set regarding this recording. Thanks for her permission. This recording was captured from the identical location as Big Dipper, and we are very pleased with the quality. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Antietam
2008-04-25
Southpaw
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Dead Center
Front of Board — Front Railing at 30 Feet

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge 8.0 (set fades, slight level boost, resample 16/44) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
nyctaper
nyctaper@nyctaper.com
2008-05-04

Setlist:
[total time 40:51]
01 RPM
02 Time Creeps
03 Shipshape
04 Pennants and Flags
05 Turn It On Me
06 That’s the Way It Is
07 Needle and The Eye
08 1-2-1
09 Stowaway
10 The Moor
11 Orange Song

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Antietam, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase the new release Opus Mixtum directly from the Carrot Top Records website.

Awesome Color May 2, 2008 Glasslands – Flac and MP3 Downloads

May 3, 2008
By


[photo credit]

As regular readers are aware, Glasslands is one of my favorite music venues in NYC. Last night, one of the “family bands”, Awesome Color, hosted a CD Release party for their new album on Ecstatic Peace Records Electric Aborigines. Awesome Color’s sophomore release follows the band’s evolution from buzz-saw garage guitar rave-ups to psychedelic crunch noise. The premiere track “Eyes of Light” begins with a burst of guitar feedback and drum cacophony that quickly develops into a focused and intense song exhibiting positive influences of guitar luminaries from Husker Du to Black Mountain.

The live Awesome Color experience is quite another story. Last night, the “party” aspect of the show was taken literally, as the band hosted quite a number of friend and fan participation numbers — the vocal microphone passed around like a peace pipe. The one-hour set featured some straight-forward performances of tracks from the new album, and several older numbers with “guests”. However, despite the craziness, Awesome Color kept their musical performances and show together — all delivered with a good natured smile.

We were lucky to have chatted with band leader Derek on several prior visits to Glasslands, and when this CD Release Party was announced, he was kind enough to offer us guest list and early access to record the show. We solved the past problem of the placement of microphone stand picking up too much crowd and bar noise. Prior to the crowd arrival, we mounted the Neumann’s to the balcony railing with the microphones literally pointed face-level at the PA stacks from about 15 feet away. Again we mixed the board feed with the audience capture for a “matrix” recording, which reflects the positive aspects of both. The only “flaw” in this recording is some peak volume bursts during some of the “guest” vocals. Overall this is an accurate representation of this frolicking show. Enjoy!

Tall Firs were also recorded and will be featured in the coming days.

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Awesome Color
2008-05-02
Glasslands Gallery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard/Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Front of Board Neumann KM-150s > Edirol UA-5 (Oade Digimod) > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Many thanks Derek for permission and access.

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2008-05-03

Setlist:
[total time 1:03:42]
01  Flying
02  Already Down
03  Eyes of Light
04
05  Slaughterhouse
06  Hat Energy
07  Ridin’
08  Burning
09  It’s Your Time
10  Free Man
11  Shoegazer
12  Grown
13  The Moon

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Awesome Color, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their new release Electric Aborigines directly from the Ecstatic Peace website.

Great News for nyctaper Anniversary Show: The Loom added!

May 3, 2008
By

The Loom have graciously agreed to perform at the nyctaper Anniversary Concert! The Loom are a Brooklyn based quintet that present a uniquely urban approach to americana music while transcending an “alt-country” label. Sample some tracks at their MySpace page.

Was (Not Was) May 1, 2008 Gramercy Theatre – Flac and MP3 Downloads

May 2, 2008
By

Was (Not Was) returned to NYC last night after an 18 year hiatus, during which time Don Was (Don Fagenson) became a prolific grammy-winning producer and award winning film/music director, while the other band members enjoyed similarly good fortune. Re-uniting for a tour in support of the new Was (Not Was) album Boo!, the touring band consists of original members the Was “brothers” Don and David, guitarist Randy Jacobs, keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac, and the three lead singers Sweet Pea Atkinson, Sir Harry Bowens, and Donald Ray Mitchell, along with a touring drummer and saxophonist.

Despite the break, Was (Not Was) performed a tight set of career-long material, including a terrific extended version of “Walk the Dinosaur” with excellent work by Randy, and the 4-song 80s-dance medley that culminated in the classic “Out Come the Freaks”. Sweet Pea was in excellent voice, and Sir Harry danced and shimmied throughout the set. Although we would have preferred David’s sardonic “Earth to Doris”, we settled for the less surreal although equally Waits-like “I Feel Better Than James Brown”.

We were pleased to read of Was (Not Was) taping policy in the weeks leading up to this show. We recorded from the “sweet spot” again at this venue — center floor about 30 feet back. The instrumental mix was excellent and the room features outstanding sound. We are pleased with the representation of this excellent band. Enjoy!

This recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

Was (Not Was)
2008-05-01
Blender Theatre at Gramercy
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded from Center of Floor
30 Feet from Stage

DPA 4021s > Marantz PMD-660 (Oade BCM Mod) > 16bit 44.1kHz wav > Soundforge (level adjustments, slight EQ, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries)> flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2008-05-02

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:18:30]
01 Hello Operator
02 Papa Was a Rolling Stone
03 I Blew Up the United States
04 Sunshine Superfly
05 I Blew Up the United States
06 [band introductions]
07 Where Did Your Heart Go
08 Your Luck Won’t Last
09 From the Head to the Heart
10 Semi Interesting Week
11 [band introductions]
12 Walk the Dinosaur
13 I Feel Better Than James Brown
14 Tell Me That I’m Dreaming
15 Robot Girl
16 Wheel Me Out
17 Out Come the Freaks
18 Crazy Water
19 11 MPH
20 Knocked Down Made Small

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Was (Not Was), visit their website, and purchase their new release Boo! from their website.

nyctaper Anniversary Concert Announcement!

April 27, 2008
By

63_taperbird
[image by songbirdnest]

nyctaper was born one year ago from a simple idea — that I could create a live music community that would bring together artists and fans through the free share of my live recordings. The site has had its share of growing pains, but in many respects it has succeeded beyond my wildest expectations. The people I have met, the music I have experienced, and the relationships that have been established have made this year absolutely unforgettable.

To celebrate the one year anniversary of nyctaper, I will host a concert with live performances by four bands that have been featured on this site. We are extremely excited to offer a lineup of musicians of such quality and variety, and indeed we are humbled that these bands have all agreed to perform at our concert.

Here are the Details

What:
NYCTAPER ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Where:
PIANO’S
158 Ludlow Street
New York NY
[MAP]

Date and Time:
SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (doors at 3:30 pm)

TICKETS:
100 Will-Call Tickets will be made available exclusively through this site at the price of $10.
The cost of entry at the door on the day of the show is $12.
Purchase tickets by clicking the paypal button below:


THE BANDS:

Bridges and Powerlines
Bridges-and-Powerlines3
Last week Bridges and Powerlines released an album that we expect will expose this excellent band to wider audiences. Ghost Types (Citybird Records) was the result of two years of writing and recording that has produced 11 songs with hooks and harmonies to spare. The addition of Bridges and Powerlines to the nyctaper concert roster will give us an opportunity to experience the energy this band offers live audiences.

The Antlers

The Antlers Peter Silberman writes songs of depth and maturity that evoke such luminaries as Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine. The 2007 release In The Attic Of The Universe (Fall Records) was a mainstay on best-of-year lists, and the anticipated 2008 release Hospice offers the promise of a performer reaching his songwriting prime. nyctaper captured the live Antlers in February, and experienced a live band of talented musicians that breathed new life and energy into the sublime recorded material.

Spanish Prisoners

[photo credit]
Spanish Prisoners were the d.i.y. and grassroots web success story of 2007, as their self-released album Songs to Forget received universal praise. The offbeat lyrics and quirky hooks recall acts as diverse as the Kinks and Donovan, but the result is less derivative than a completely unique mix of talents. 2008 has seen the official release of the CD, and nyctaper was lucky to experience the live Spanish Prisoners at their CD release party in early April.

The Loom

The Loom are a Brooklyn based quintet that present a uniquely urban approach to americana music while transcending an alt-country label. Sample some tracks at their MySpace page.
This will be our first opportunity to experience The Loom live!

Fiery Furnaces April 26, 2008 Southpaw – Flac and MP3 Downloads

April 27, 2008
By


[photo credit]

The Fiery Furnaces threw another curveball at Southpaw last night. The touring band has changed, the arrangements for the Widow City material have changed, and some fairly obscure older songs have returned to the repertoire. All of these new developments are welcome adjustments to Furnaces live act — as they continue to offer interesting and fresh approaches to their recorded material. Jason Lowenstein, who played guitar on the Bitter Tea tour and bass on the Widow City tour has been replaced by Kyle Hollingsworth — the multi-talented keyboardist of the now-defunct jamband String Cheese Incident. The move to a two-keyboard approach added interesting prog-like elements to the material, and opened a slot for Eleanor to return to guitar — an instrument that she has not played live in several years.

Although the multiple format and arrangement changes offer a challenge to the listener, upon listening back to this recording each makes abundant sense. Eleanor is clearly proficient at guitar and the many effects of Matt and Kyle add dimensions to these songs that we have not heard before. The result was a 90 minute set of intelligent and uniquely satisfying Fiery Furnaces live material.

This recording was captured from the identical location and equipment as the previous night’s Big Dipper set. The quality is superb. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Fiery Furnaces
2008-04-26
Southpaw
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Dead Center
Front of Board — Front Railing at 30 Feet

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge 8.0 (set fades, slight level boost, resample 16/44) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
nyctaper
nyctaper@nyctaper.com
2008-04-27

Setlist:
[total time 1:25:27]
01 Single Again
02 Smelling Cigarettes
03 My Dog Was Lost But Now He’s Found
04 Whistle Rhapsody
05 Evergreen
06 Duplexes of the Dead
07 Automatic Husband
08 Ex-Guru
09 Navy Nurse
10 Pricked in the Heart
11 Up in the North
12 Straight Street
13 Japanese Slippers
14 Benton Harbor Blues
15 Philadelphia Grand Jury
16 Clear Signal From Cairo
17 Police Sweater Blood Vow**
18 South Is Only a Home
19 Oh Sweet Woods
20 Slavin’ Away
21 Chief Inspector Blancheflower
22 Rub-Alcohol Blues
23 In My Little Thatched Hut
24 I’m In No Mood to Comb My Hair
25 Teach Me Sweetheart
26 In My Little Thatched Hut
27 [encore break]
28 Right By Conquest

**Matt on vocals and Eleanor on drums, only one verse

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT The Fiery Furnaces, visit their website, and purchase their official releases from The Fiery Furnaces Store.

Support nyctaper

DISCLAIMER and LEGAL NOTICE

nyctaper.com is a live music blog that offers a new paradigm of music distribution on the web. The recordings are offered for free on this site as are the music posts, reviews and links to artist sites. All recordings are posted with artist permission or artists with an existing pro-taping policy.

All recordings and original content posted on this site are @nyctaper.com as live recordings pursuant to 17 U.S.C. Section 106, et. seq. Redistribution of nyctaper recordings without consent of nyctaper.com is strictly prohibited.

nyctaper.com hereby waives all copyright claims to any and all recordings posted on this site to THE PERFORMERS ONLY. If any artist posted on this site requests that recordings be removed, those recordings will be removed forthwith.